Taking place annually during April, the Hamura Tulip Festival brings beautiful blooms to a somewhat surprising locale - the Tokyo suburbs. Rows and rows of different tulip varieties in various shades attract plenty of visitors, and there are typically a host of food booths available.
The event dates can differ slightly from year to year depending on when the flowers are projected to be in bloom. Official event dates can be found on the Hamura Sightseeing Association website closer to the anticipated start.
The Hamura Tulip Festival is located around eighteen minutes on foot from Hamura Station, served by the JR Ome Line.
For those who are driving to the venue, it can be a little hard to find - I recommend using these GPS coordinates: 35.759410 139.303065. This takes you directly to the site, and there is parking available at a cost of 500 yen per vehicle. Do note that driving there involves some narrow roads!
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